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Guwahati: In order to stop the spread of coronavirus aka COVID-19, which has already been detected in 16 people of Assam, the Kamrup district administration on Thursday decided to prohibit the selling and transportation of all kinds of vegetables and fruits.

The step has been taken as a precautionary measure to ensure strict compliance with regard to social distancing, said an order dated April 2, 2020.

Henceforth, all permissions accorded to different vendors/individuals from this end hereby stand cancelled, the order said. The violation of this order will be viewed seriously and action will be taken as per rule, it added.

Assam reported its first COVID-19 case on Tuesday. A 52-year-old resident of Karimganj tested positive for the virus. He was a participant at the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last month and is being treated at Silchar Medical College. Following this, 15 others, who too were in and around Nizamuddin Markaz, also tested positive for the deadly virus, bringing the state’s tally to 16.

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